Turkey’s Erdogan bans Taksim Square for May Day rallies


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he would not allow May Day gatherings on Istanbul’s Taksim Square.

A similar decision in May last year led to violent clashes between police and protesters which were followed by a wave of nationwide anti-government demonstrations in June. “Give up on your hopes of Taksim. Do not engage in a fight with the state,” he said.

He suggested the rally area in Yenikapı, and offered free transport on May 1. The leftist unions have already vowed to ignore the ban, AFP reported.